Beer Braised BBQ Chicken

“There are two different things: there’s grilling, and there’s barbecue. Grilling is when people say, ‘We’re going to turn up the heat, make it really hot and sear a steak, sear a burger, cook a chicken.’ Barbecue is going low and slow.” ~ Guy Fieri

Let’s Blog Over Braised BBQ Chicken!

Fall weather is coming through, school started today, and I have a million and one things to do! Dinner is going to be simple tonight, but the flavor will be savory.

In my version of F A L L barbecued chicken, the chicken is first braised on the stovetop until tender in a flavorful combination of beer and barbecue sauce. It is SO delicious, and is a staple in my home. That picture that I snapped with my phone doesn’t do it justice. It was the best I could do since everyone was impatient and starving!

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 4 lb. chicken drumsticks
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 4 Tbs. canola oil
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced
  • 1 1⁄4 cups of Corona (Or whichever beer you prefer)
  • 2 1⁄2 cups barbecue sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey BBQ Sauce)


Season the chicken with kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.

In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, warm 3 Tbs. of the oil until almost smoking. Working in batches, brown the chicken on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter.

Add the remaining 1 Tbs. oil to the pan along with the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the beer and barbecue sauce and bring to a boil. Add the chicken, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook until tender, about 1 hour.

Let me know what you think!